Ford issues F-150 recall over cruise control woes

Updated Oct 1, 2015

Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for approximately 37,000 2015 Ford F-150 vehicles for a potential issue with adaptive cruise control.

When passing a large, highly reflective truck, the adaptive cruise control radar in some vehicles could incorrectly identify the truck as being in the F-150 lane of travel when it is not. As a result, the vehicle might apply the brakes until the truck is no longer perceived to be in the lane of travel. The collision warning system red warning light might also flash and a tone might be heard at the same time. When this happens, the brake lights will illuminate. The potential duration of this unexpected adaptive cruise control braking could increase the risk of a crash involving a vehicle behind the F-150.

Ford received a report of one accident that could be related to this issue; no injuries were reported.

Affected vehicles include certain 2015 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Truck Plant, March 18, 2014 through Aug. 5, 2015, and at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 11, 2014 through Aug. 6, 2015.

There are a total of approximately 37,000 (actual 36,857) vehicles that might be affected in North America. There are 33,481 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, and 3,376 in Canada.

Dealers will update the adaptive cruise control module software at no cost to the customer.